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Old May 2, 05, 2:53 pm
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Happy Bags Service Promise

I just thought that this announcement deserved its own thread, instead of piggy backing on other threads...
So, what's the overall opinion? or

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DULLES, Va., May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a way to highlight its growing reputation for excellence in customer service and operational performance, low-fare airline Independence Air (Nasdaq: FLYI - News) is proud to announce a new service promise unlike anything that has ever been offered in the U.S. airline industry:

In the rare event that a customer's checked bag does not arrive at their final destination when they do, Independence Air will gladly offer a credit for future travel in the amount of the one-way fare paid for that flight, to be used by the customer any time within the next year.

As a way to kick off the new service promise, Independence Air is also introducing a new promotion today called the "Happy Bags(SM) Instant Win Game" that will run for at least the next month. Every checked bag on all Independence Air flights will be tagged with a special game piece. 500 winners will receive a grand prize of a roundtrip flight to any Independence Air destination. All other game pieces will contain a discount coupon for future travel. Full details and limitations of the "Happy Bags Instant Win Game" and the Independence Air baggage delivery service promise can be found at FLYi.com.
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Old May 2, 05, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by spampurse
I just thought that this announcement deserved its own thread, instead of piggy backing on other threads...
So, what's the overall opinion? or

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050502/dcm030.html?.v=7
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for the idea, but when it comes to being something that will "revolutionize" anything with other airlines.
After all, supposedly the bags aren't gonna get lot anyway, on any airline. So what, is this gonna make people root for their bags to be lost? Is it gonna make up for the bags not getting there any more than the other airlines do? I dunno--it just doesn't seem like that big a deal, certainly not enough of one that it would cause me to change my behavior (like, by buying a flyI ticket, which I've never done). I feel like that's what they need to be spending on, in order to survive.

But the instant win-promotion is nice, I suppose. THAT would make me change my behavior from carry-on to checking bags, were I flying the i
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Old May 2, 05, 5:03 pm
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Anyone know what the terms are for the $20 discount coupon on the happy bags checked luggage tags? $20 off a future flight per checked bag sounds pretty incredible.
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Nice idea, but how about giving everyone the coupon? Why make us check bags?
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Old May 2, 05, 9:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Alpha Golf
Nice idea, but how about giving everyone the coupon? Why make us check bags?
I'm pretty sure you will be able to sweet-talk the FLYI staff at check-in to get a coupon. After all, they aren't really giving you the coupon as a reward for checking the bag... its an incentive to fly DH again, whether you check bags or not.
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Originally Posted by Alpha Golf
Nice idea, but how about giving everyone the coupon? Why make us check bags?
go to flyi.com and click on the happy bags tab. after that, click on the instant game rules. there is an address to write in for a free game piece. how about them apples?
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The biggest flaw I see in this campaign is that Independence Air underestimates the actual hassle (and negative customer impact) of a lost bag. Refunding the fare and hoping the customer will come back after a bad experience is a gamble. Although every airline works to minimize lost bags, all you need to do is do the math - multiply the number of lost bags each fixed time period and multiply it by the amount Independence Air will refund. Even if lost bag rates were the lowest in the industry, Independence Air stands to lose substantial revenue - precious revenue that it cannot afford to lose.

The unknown variable is how likely a refunded ticket due to a lost bag will lead disserviced customers to fly with Independence Air again. Is there incremental revenue to be had with this? I'm not too sure about that given that it's not likely that by refunding the fare as a credit, that you will get 100% of disserviced passengers back.

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Originally Posted by UnitedSkies
The unknown variable is how likely a refunded ticket due to a lost bag will lead disserviced customers to fly with Independence Air again. Is there incremental revenue to be had with this? I'm not too sure about that given that it's not likely that by refunding the fare as a credit, that you will get 100% of disserviced passengers back.
That is a good point; however, I believe most will come back... especially if they have a free segment credited to their account. Probably everyone in here has had an airline lose a bag, and even without a free flight have gone right back to the same airline... because you can pretty much expect the same thing at most airlines. Probably the deciding factor on whether a person flys an airline again after having their bag lost is how they are treated after the fact.
Whether the service generates revenue will have to be seen, but I think the chances are good. First, everyone gets a coupon for future travel... so sales should be boosted by that. Second, according to the DOT numbers DH has a 99.7% baggage match number, so for every 1000 passengers that fly, DH will only have to credit 3 segments. Third, DH isn't really refunding anything... they are crediting your account with a free flight segment for use up to one year from when your bag was lost. So no money actually goes out, however since most people don't fly one-way segments there will probably be revenue generated from the purchase of another one-way segment for the person to get back. Also, there will be that small percentage that don't fill out the request for a credit form, or who never use the credit.
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Originally Posted by flyin_i
go to flyi.com and click on the happy bags tab. after that, click on the instant game rules. there is an address to write in for a free game piece. how about them apples?
Sweet! Specially since next time I flyI I know who to contact to make sure my flight is protected.
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Whether the service generates revenue will have to be seen, but I think the chances are good. First, everyone gets a coupon for future travel... so sales should be boosted by that.
Except one thing to consider is whether or not this is incremental revenue or not. Assuming that you get a credit for $200, you will likely use it up (which is Independence Air's expectation and assumption) in the future, but what's to say that it's $200 that they would have gotten in addition in the future? Therefore, instead of getting $200 + $200 for two separate trips, they're actually getting only $200 for two separate trips because the first trip was refunded as a credit.
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I just read about this promotion and I think it's a great idea. It's nice to have an airline promise something to you, and take actions for their responsibilities. I give them credit.. I don't think any other airline has promised anything like this before?
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I flew yesterday and checked two bags to get the happy bags coupons. The $20 off coupon is applied at the end of the booking as a form of payment, and it appears to be combinable with other discounts that are accessed by a special link to the flyi site (i.e. the 20% off corporate fares and student fares). The coupon says purchase by 6/30 and fly before 8/1, but I am not sure if the fly-before is enforced by the web site.
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Old May 12, 05, 2:59 pm
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I flew yesterday and checked two bags to get the happy bags coupons. The $20 off coupon is applied at the end of the booking as a form of payment, and it appears to be combinable with other discounts that are accessed by a special link to the flyi site (i.e. the 20% off corporate fares and student fares). The coupon says purchase by 6/30 and fly before 8/1, but I am not sure if the fly-before is enforced by the web site.
Oh that's cool you can combine discounts. i feel like they never let you combine coupons or whatever - especially when you go shopping. So did you book another flight? $20 off is not a bad deal - covers part of the taxes at least!
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my bag was not happy

well I flew Independence for the first time this week:

BNA-IAD followed a day later by IAD to White Plains then a day later IAD-BNA

Somehow they managed to forget my checked rollaboard on the way home. Thankfully the golf clubs DID make it!

The local IFLY employee tried to convince me that I was SOL since IAD hasa 45 minute bag check in policy. But I checked in 49 Min. before the flight. The poor gal who also missed her bag checked in a 44 minutes before the fliight.

They gave me a form to mail in to get the credit.

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Old May 18, 05, 8:42 am
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So they are crediting that portion of your trip?
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